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Mass. Confirms 2,650 New COVID Cases, Most in One Day for Months

The last time the Department of Public health reported at least 2,650 confirmed COVID cases in one day was Sept. 15, according to archival data

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Massachusetts health officials reported another 2,650 confirmed COVID-19 cases -- the most in one day since September -- and 20 new deaths Wednesday.

The report pushed the state's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 823,800 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,826.

The last time the Department of Public Health reported at least 2,650 confirmed COVID cases in one day was Sept. 15, according to archival data. But that report included "a backlog of testing results" from several days prior. The previous high had been in February.

Massachusetts' COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health's interactive coronavirus dashboard, dashboard, are far lower than they were in spring, and while all of the major ones have risen from their lowest points, some have dipped in recent weeks.

Massachusetts' seven-day average of positive tests rose to 2.84% Wednesday. It was once above 30%, but had dropped under 0.5% until the delta variant began surging in the state.

The number of patients in Massachusetts hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 642; the figure was once nearly 4,000, but reached under an average of 85 at one point in July. Of those currently hospitalized, 237 are vaccinated, 124 are in intensive care units and 63 are intubated.

COVID cases appear to be ticking up in Massachusetts, but experts say that minor fluctuations shouldn't be worrying.

Nearly 10.9 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts.

That includes, from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, more than 5.2 million first shots, nearly 4.5 million second shots and over 832,000 booster shots. There have been more than 325,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

Health officials on Wednesday reported that a total of 4,816,593 Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated.

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